View Full Version : Lots of Rain, Flooded Lake

Darryl Morris
01-14-2007, 08:18 PM
Lake Greeson is flooded, the water continues to rise fast and it's still raining.

Kirby Landing boat ramp is very submerged and totally unserviceable. Between the light post and small post on the left is the head of the boat ramp. Full pool is about 30-40 feet out from that.
http://www.familyfishingtrips.com/images/FloodedGreeson004.jpg http://www.familyfishingtrips.com/images/FloodedGreeson003.jpg

This is where the camper was sitting before we moved it to keep it from floating away.
And, a pic for comparison. The big tree on the left of the flooded pic is the same one at the back of the camper.

Kirby Landing Marina parking lot.

01-14-2007, 08:56 PM
I know that had to suck. Working to move and secure everything in the rain. :(

Just stay safe out there!

01-14-2007, 09:06 PM

Thanks for the pics. I'm not sure I could have comprehended that without them.

Try telling your insurance guy you want to collect on your business interruption policy!


01-14-2007, 09:11 PM
Batten down the hatches.that dont look good Darryl,glad you got the camper moved in time.

01-14-2007, 10:44 PM
HOLY COW!! That is a significant rise since last time I was there. (October) I would never have believed that lake could ever rise that much! Truly remarkable to say the least. Thanks for the photo's. (Sure hope it goes down by Spring CC!)

01-15-2007, 12:44 AM
Looking on the brighter side...at least you didn't have to contend with the ice and such. Don't know if you guys get that kind of weather down there but can you imagine what it would of been like trying to work in sleet and ice. I know the stuff went as far south as Springfield, MO. and some of Oklahoma. How far north was it in Arkansas?

01-15-2007, 07:34 AM
Wow that is a lot of water. You can send some of that rain to Cali we need it too. It has been dry out here where I live.

Anyway hang in there and stay dry...

Jerry Blake
01-15-2007, 08:25 AM
Lake level on Greeson was 546.69 at around 11:00am Friday. At 7:00am this morning it is reported at 554.3. That's nearly 8-feet rise in less than 3-days. We had light to heavy rain all night and the Little Missouri River and all the creeks going into Greeson are over their banks. Less than 10-feet more and water will be going over the spillway at the dam, which has only happened once and that was in 1968. I think water will be going over the dam in a day or two. If it does it will be a sight to see.


01-15-2007, 10:43 AM
Some pictures of that would be awsome. Hope the dam holds!!

Jerry Blake
01-15-2007, 10:54 AM
The dam is designed to have water running over it so I don't think it is in danger. There is going to be some serious flooding downstream though if they start letting water out or if it goes over the dam. The river is already over it's banks downstream just from all the creeks running into it and nothing coming from Greeson.

We'll keep an eye on the lake level and go take some pictures if it starts going over. It will probably keep rising even if it goes over the dam because there is a lot more water coming in than that spillway can handle. Last time it went over the lake level reached a foot and a half higher than the spillway. Could be more than that this time. I hope folks downstream are moving their farming equipment and stuff to higher ground.

Greg Holt
01-15-2007, 11:39 AM
Thanks Jerry and Darryl for taking pictures and keeping updated.

01-15-2007, 06:12 PM
just got back from sippi high water all over get sum water wings and hang on it is going south!!

Jerry Blake
01-15-2007, 06:29 PM
The power company is letting some water out of Hamilton to keep it from rising:


It looks like all the turbines are running plus they have one gate partially open.

01-15-2007, 08:53 PM
be my luck when i get up there it will all be drained and we will be looking for rain....lol....dang corp

01-15-2007, 09:02 PM
thanks for the pics. thats a lot of water in the lake.wouldn't have to fish the brush piles now just fish around the trees on the bank lol. set a trot line out between the picnic tables.glad to see you guys got it moved in time.

Jerry Blake
01-16-2007, 08:36 AM
Greeson only came up 1.5-feet in the previous 24-hours as of 6:00 this morning so it's slowing down some. They may be letting some through the dam now that it's stopped raining and the creeks are starting to slow down. It still has 7-feet before it would go over the spillway so if we don't get any more rain it probably won't make it this time, which is good. We'll have to drive out tomorrow and take some more pictures.

01-16-2007, 09:34 AM

How long is this gonna screw up your fishin you think? I hope all of them crappie are deep and not goin downstream.

Was wantin to try to get a winter trip before Feb 14.

Darryl Morris
01-16-2007, 09:59 AM
I'm not Jerry but I'll give my opinion anyway. I think it's going to mess the fishing up for a while. That "while" being directly tied to the rise and fall of the water. Until it stabilizes the crappie will be on the move.

Here's some numbers for you on the water level for the past 72 hours

Greeson - (up 9' since Saturday morning)
Sat - 546.9
Sun - 550 (+3.1)
Mon - 554 (+4)
Tue - 555.9 (+1.9)

DeGray - (up 8.9' since Saturday morning)
Sat - 405.5
Sun - 408.3 (+2.8)
Mon - 412.2 (+3.9)
Tue - 414.4 (+2.2)

Jerry Blake
01-16-2007, 02:09 PM

How long is this gonna screw up your fishin you think? I hope all of them crappie are deep and not goin downstream.

Was wantin to try to get a winter trip before Feb 14.

They are going to be messed up for a week or two. Being fairly deep already will help some but they still aren't going to like the water level falling when they start dropping Greeson. I think as soon as the water clears up some they'll start cooperating but we'll have to track them down.

Hamilton will probably straighten out first since they kept it fairly stable. It's real muddy right now but as soon as they start pulling fresh water through from Ouachita it will start to clear up. I have a trip scheduled for Saturday so we'll probably do some scouting on Hamilton either Thursday or Friday and I'll post a report.

Darryl Morris
01-17-2007, 05:34 PM
Here's some more pictures of the flood. You can compare them to the first ones I posted.





Jerry Blake
01-17-2007, 05:52 PM
The tree with the firewood by it on the right side of the second picture is the tree that was near the back right side of the camper so the water is up to where it would have just been under the camper and not in it. We could have gotten by without moving it but it was too close for comfort. The way it was rising and as much water as was running in Sunday I thought it was going to get a lot higher. Once it gets up this far it has a lot of room to spread out.

The lake only came up three tenths of a foot in the 24-hours ending at 6:00 this morning and they are starting to generate. Clay (the marina operator) said the CORP plans on dropping it a foot a day once they catch up. Since it was already several feet higher than they like to have it this time of year I expect them to drop it 13 to 15-feet while they are at it.

01-18-2007, 08:59 AM

This pic reminds me of fishing KY Lake, one Spring, back several years ago. We launched the boat in the parking lot of a LBL campground, and fished around some of the flooded concrete pic-nic tables :D My fishing partner, on that particular trip, even caught a nice Crappie off one of those pic-nic tables :eek:

Hope this "flushing" of the lake, helps in the long run. One thing for sure ... you'll find out just how secure your condo's are "rooted" to the bottom ;) -- pulling the lake at a foot a day, could create some heavy current.

You boys take care, rest up, and get your gear in order .... you'll be back out there before long ............... luck2ya ... cp :cool:

Jerry Blake
01-18-2007, 09:23 AM
Yea, those picnic tables and grills look like they would hold some fish if it was a little later in the year. We heard that when the warm rain first brought the lake up there were some bass moving to the backs of coves and feeding where fresh water was running in. Some crappie probably made a run for the banks too but with the cold weather we've had since the rain I imaging they've all headed back to deeper water.

Greeson is up another 1/10th-foot today so they've not caught up yet. The river downstream is back to within it's banks - fell 8-feet yesterday - so they should be able to generate at full capacity soon. The weather service is calling for more rain this weekend so they need to start dropping the lake ASAP.

Most of our condos are in creek arms from the middle to the upper end of the lake so I don't think they'll get pushed around.